The 3rd game of the 5-match Unofficial ODI series between India A and South Africa A will be hosted by Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (IST) (3:30 AM GMT).
The game will be live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. Streaming available on Hotstar.
India A is just one win away from clinching the series against South Africa A. After having dominated in the first game, the hosts were tested in the second. In a 21-over per side game, South Africa A batted first. However, they couldn’t get a huge total on the board. Yet, their bowlers picked regular wickets and subjected the ‘Men in Blue’ to great pressure.
Had it not been Ishan Kishan’s special knock in the previous game, India A might have found themselves on the wrong side of the result. As they head into this game, they’ll look to seal things up before there is a captaincy change for the last two games. The Proteas, on the other hand, will want to get over the line this time and keep the series alive.
It has rained in the last two games of this series and these matches had to be cut short. There is rain prediction on Monday as well. Scattered thunderstorms are expected throughout the day. However, the chances of precipitation reduce as the day progresses.
The track at Thiruvananthapuram isn’t an easy one to bat on. You need at least a couple of set batsmen in order to get a big score. If the bowlers manage to hit the right areas, they’ll make life tough for batsmen.
Average first innings score: 206 (List A matches before this series)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 2, Tied – 0
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Ruturaj Gaikwad/Ricky Bhui, Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Manish Pandey (C), Axar Patel, Ishan Kishan (WK), Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed
Bench – Ruturaj Gaikwad/Ricky Bhui, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Nitish Rana.
South Africa A:
Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma (C), Khaya Zondo, Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jansen/Theunis de Bruyn, Bjorn Fortuin, George Linde, Junior Dala, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje.
Bench – Matthew Breetzke, Marco Jansen/Theunis de Bruyn, Sinethemba Qeshile, Kyle Verreynne, Lutho Sipamla.
Reeza Hendricks has seemed to be in fine form in this series scoring 111 runs in two games including a hundred. He should be one of the top picks for your Dream11 Fantasy team. Ishan Kishan also looked good with the bat in both the games that he has played and you must have him in your team. Axar Patel is another top pick.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – R Hendricks, A Patel, H Klaasen
Vice-Captain Options – I Kishan, G Line, K Pandya
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – H Klaasen, I Kishan (vc)
Batters – R Hendricks (c), A Singh, S Gill
All-Rounders – G Linde, Axar Patel, K Pandya
Bowlers – J Dala, A Nortje, Y Chahal
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – H Klaasen, I Kishan
Batters – R Hendricks, T Bavuma, M Pandey
All-Rounders – G Linde (vc), A Patel (c), K Pandya
Bowlers – B Hendricks, B Fortuin, D Chahar
Manish Pandey hasn’t really fired as yet in this series. However, he is in good form of late and can break loose at any point in time. This being his last game, he would like to make an impact. You must consider having him in your Dream11 Fantasy team.
India A is expected to win the match and also win the series.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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